Tag Archives: connected learning

Just ask your PLN

The  other night I was catching up on Twitter reading when I came across this tweet from Carina, reaching out to her PLN for some input.

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I decided to take action and retweet the request.

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Within 5 minutes, responses from  Lee Anne  and  Donna  were posted.

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A couple of hours later,  Brandon added a third book to the suggestion list.

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This is a  wonderful  example of connected learning through your PLN. Great suggestions for reading material were made to Carina,  but all who follow the discussion benefit.

Keep connecting, and keep contributing to the learning of others.

~Mark

Digital Citizenship Through Connected Learning

This tweet from  @ScottMcKenzie27  caught my attention this week.

The approach Scott is taking with digital citizenship in his classroom really brings it to life through relationships,  conversation, collaboration and a real world connected learning experience.

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Thank you for sharing your work and learning openly Scott.

~Mark

Note: Cross post to OSSEMOOC

Connect2014 Reflections

The day I spent at  Connect2014  last week was very valuable. I really enjoyed reconnecting F2F with so many online colleagues at  Dean Shareski’s  session where he lead a two hour in depth discussion on the topic of connected learning.

The discussion was rich as educators shared personal stories of making connections, the impact of the connections in terms of learning, sharing, collaboration and changed practice – talk about POWERFUL!!!

One idea that captured my interest from the session was the idea of recording a learning or change and attributing the connection that “made it happen”.  Attendees joined forces to illustrate the power of helping people with professional learning this video which was produced that day during our time together.

 

Learn, connect, reflect and share !!!

~Mark

WRDSB Twitter Sharing 20140428

Many thanks to the participants in our  #edwrdsb  Twitter chat tonight. You can see the chat at  Storify.

The open sharing and exchange of ideas was AWESOME.  Here are a few comments that resonated with me.

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I am already looking forward to our next Twitter sharing session.

~Mark

Connected Learning with Grade 3s

Last week I became aware of an interesting approach to learning about Ontario communities with grade 3 classes.  The  idea is  to involve people from around the province to submit picture clues about the community they live in.  The clues are shared with the students, and student responses are tweeted (posted) back through a class or teacher based Twitter account.

The project takes on another level of connectedness by using a hashtag (Twitter conversation label)  to collect all of the tweets on this topic into a searchable stream which can be viewed [ here].  What a GREAT way to bring a personal and connected context to the classroom.

I enjoyed an afternoon walk this weekend to take a few pictures to participate this week.  I wonder how many clues it might take the students to guess where I live.

Here are some sample tweets from last week.

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possible answer

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This will be a great week in the connected learning world.

~Mark

London PNC: Digging into change

Last Thursday (April 10, 2014) I had the pleasure of attending the meeting of the London MISA PNC group  to serve on a panel discussion with

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Joe Sisco of the WECDSB did a nice job hosting the event and moderating the panel discussion.  My role on the panel was to share some ideas concerning technology planning.

My response:

I enjoyed the variety of  questions the panel addressed.  Two conversations really stood out for me.  First,  some excellent dialog around the notions  of professional sharing:

and secondly, examining comfort with change:

In a rather timely fashion, this tweet from  Donna Fry  was posted just two days later while she was participating as a virtual learner by following the Twitter conversations of  Edcamp SWO  and  Edcamp London  which ran on Saturday April 12th.  I think the tweet captures the essence of the panel discussions in a nice concise way.

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~Mark

Related Resources: sound clips in a local format

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Leveraging the Lull

I had a chance to chat with  Brandon Grasley  at the end of the  OTRK12 conference  following the  OSSEMOOC  “Getting Connected” session.  Somehow we got onto the topic of new social media users adapting to the “fire hose” information flow of services such as Twitter.

You can’t get caught up in reading endless material.  One must become comfortable with jumping in and out as time permits.   Information can be tailored to your interests by using dashboards such as tweetdeck to follow topics of interest.

I decided to put the  “jump in”  theory to test, so one morning this week I looked at my twitter dashboard to see what could be noted in just a couple of minutes.

SUCCESS !!!

… an insightful blog post

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… a digital citizen/digital literacy tip

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… and a PD opportunity

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Excellent results for just a couple of minutes of reading I would say. Here are a few ways to “jump in” that work for me.

– breakfast & twitter – I enjoy an interesting read to start the day
– tea & twitter?
– a few minutes between meetings
– lunch break
– waiting in the car to pick up your kids
– standing in lineups

Well, you get the picture.  Jump in when you can and leverage on the go connected learning .

~Mark